The film deals with an educated and modern young woman, Wei Ming (Ruan Lingyu), living in 1920s Shanghai. As the film begins, Wei Ming is working as a music teacher for a school, even as she harbors dreams of becoming a writer.
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Cinematic activism at its most confrontational and close to the bone. A profound account that reveals the nature of press autocracy, both in fiction and non-fiction forms. The fact that Ruan's life mirrored the tragedy of the real-life character she played is heartbreaking. No wonder her funeral procession was 3 miles long in her honour.